Sing

Sing

Greetings, SBIFF Family! “Music and lights bring magic to life.” – Buster Moon In our latest Family Fun Film, “Sing,” watch as Buster Moon (a dapper koala) who presides over a once-grand theater pulls out all the stops in his last chance...
Robin Hood

Robin Hood

Greetings, SBIFF Family! “Every Town / Has Its Ups And Downs / Sometimes Ups / Outnumber The Downs / But Not In Nottingham.” Join us for a swashbuckling adventure in this weekend’s Family Fun Film, Disney’s “Robin Hood.” Watch as...
Daughters of the Dust

Daughters of the Dust

Dear Cinephiles, “What’s past is prologue.” A year ago, on May 25, 2020, Darnella Frazier, a 17-year old, took a video with her cellphone and changed the world. The Minneapolis police had given an ambiguous account of George Floyd’s death, and if it hadn’t been for...
Serpico

Serpico

Dear Cinephiles, “The reality is that we do not wash our own laundry – it just gets dirtier.” When I first came to the United States to study in 1978, I had a poster of “Serpico” (1973) the way that Tony Manero had one in his bedroom in “Saturday Night Fever”...
The 400 Blows

The 400 Blows

Dear Cinephiles, “Oh, I lie now and then, I suppose. Sometimes I’d tell them the truth and they still wouldn’t believe me, so I prefer to lie.” François Truffaut’s “The 400 Blows” has been so much written about that I don’t know what else I can add to the...
101 Dalmations

101 Dalmations

Greetings, SBIFF Family! Roger: “Well, let’s see now. That’s 84 and 15 plus two. 101!” Join us for this weekend’s Family Fun Film, “One Hundred and One Dalmatians” and accompany this group of furry friends on their adventure to rescue Pongo and...
Army of the Dead

Army of the Dead

Dear Cinephiles, “They’re not what you think they are. They’re faster. They’re organized.” Ever since 1968 and the release of George Romero’s classic “Night of the Living Dead,” the popularity of the Zombie genre has been growing. Prior, there had been films with...
Those Who Wish Me Dead

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Dear Cinephiles, Connor: “My dad said if anything happened to him, to find someone I could trust.” Hannah: “I’m absolutely someone you can trust.” I don’t think I’ve been this excited about a brand-new release for a very long time. Could it have been propelled by the...
Ace in the Hole

Ace in the Hole

Dear Cinephiles, “When you have a big human interest story, you’ve got to give it a big human interest ending. When you get people steamed up like this, don’t ever make suckers out of them.” For someone who has relished in cinema since he was born, I have...
Tenet

Tenet

Dear Cinephiles, “What happened, happened. It’s an expression of faith in the mechanics of the world. It’s not an excuse for doing nothing.”   Kudos to Christopher Nolan for being adamant about having his film “Tenet” (2020) get a theatrical release — and...
The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three

Dear Cinephiles, “What’s wrong dude?! Ain’t you never seen a sunset?!“ One of the things I’ve missed the most since our imposed hibernation of the past year set in has been visiting New York City. Because of business relating to the festival and my involvement on the...
The Night of the Hunter

The Night of the Hunter

Dear Cinephiles, “And then the good Lord went on to say, ‘Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits.’” What is it about serial killer movies that has...
Paddington

Paddington

Greetings, SBIFF Family! All aboard! We’re catching a train to London for this week’s Family Fun Film, “Paddington”! After an earthquake destroys his home in the Peruvian rainforest, a young bear makes his way to England in search of a new home. Paddington finds...
Scarface

Scarface

Dear Cinephiles, “Okay, here’s the Story. I come from the gutter. I know that. I got no education, but that’s okay. I know the street, and I’m making all the right connections. With the right woman, there’s no stopping. I could go right to the top.” I...
Notting Hill

Notting Hill

Dear Cinephiles, Anna Scott : “Her most famous part. Men went to bed with the dream; they didn’t like it when they would wake up with the reality. Do you feel that way?” William : “You are lovelier this morning than you have ever been.” I’ve definitely grown...
My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

Dear Cinephiles, “Look at her, a prisoner of the gutters, condemned by every syllable she utters. By right she should be taken out and hung for the cold-blooded murder of the English tongue!” One of my favorite moments in cinema can be found in George Cukor’s still...
The Croods

The Croods

Greetings, SBIFF Family! Join us for an exciting adventure this weekend with our Family Fun Film, “The Croods!” Accompany the Croods Family as they go on the journey of a lifetime after their cave is destroyed, and they find themselves exploring a spectacular...
Girls Trip

Girls Trip

Dear Cinephiles, “We haven’t hung in five years. This weekend is about us. We are here together. Today is the last day that we will ever be this young.” In 2018, I hosted a Q&A with the talent for George Tillman Jr.’s “The Hate U Give” at the Riviera Theatre. One...
At Eternity’s Gate

At Eternity’s Gate

Dear Cinephiles, “What I see nobody else sees. It frightens me.” I have always found comfort in the work of great filmmakers, journeying through their vision as it unfolds in front of my eyes. For me, there’s a vicarious aspect to this because I’ve never longed to...
Black Orpheus

Black Orpheus

Dear Cinephiles, “Thousands of years ago, Orpheus was sad and melancholic, like this little bird trapped in its cage. But one day, from the strings of his guitar that sought only one true love, a voice spoke to him of lost kisses from the lips of Eurydice.” “Black...
Rio

Rio

Greetings, SBIFF Family! Join us for this weekend’s Family Fun Film, “Rio” as Blu, a flightless macaw and the last of his kind, discovers there’s another, and that she’s a “she,” leading him on an adventure to the city of Rio....
Flirting with Disaster

Flirting with Disaster

Dear Cinephiles, Mel: “You got a lot of nerve. You come in here, you lick my wife’s armpit. You know… I’m going to have that image in my head for the rest of my life with your tongue in there.” Yes, there’s a famous armpit licking scene in David O....